Rain cripples life in Dhaka: Office, school goers worst sufferers

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Dhaka, September 11: Heavy rains in the morning crippled the life in Dhaka as most of the roads of different parts of the capital went under ankle to knee-deep water, causing immense sufferings to the commuters and city dwellers.

The torrential rains lashed Dhaka leading to waterlogging in many parts of the busy populous city.

The Met Office recorded 66 millimeter rainfall in the last three hours starting from 6:00 am to 9:00 am on Monday, said Muhammad Arif Hossain, meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

During the time, it also recorded 37mm rainfall in Comilla while 9mm in Khunla,  5mm in Tarash of Sirajganj, 2mm in Chandpur.

The worst affected areas include Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi 27, Karwan Bazar, Sobhanbagh, Panthapath, Greenroad, Fakirapool, Khilgaon, Mauchak, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Motijheel, Paltan, Kazipara, Sukrabad, Shantinagar and Mirpur.

Vehicles were seen stranded for hours in unprecedented traffic jams.

Hundred of commuters especially office and school goers faced huge troubles in reaching their destinations this morning due to water-logging and lake of transports caused by the incessant rains.

Many of them were seen wading through ankle to knee-deep water on the roads and bilanes.

The rain may continue till Wednesday/Thursday, meteorologist Arif added.

Commuters in the capital suffered immensely as important city streets went under waist-deep water in Mauchak, Malibagh, Shatinagar and some other areas causing serious traffic congestions, said victims.

The situation turned worse in areas like Malibagh Chowdhurypara, Mauchak for pothole-riddled road, said Ferdous Koni, a commuter from Malibagh.

Low-income people, especially the day labourers, suffered much as rain disrupted their normal pace of life.

According to heavy rainfall warning of the Met office, under the influence of active monsoon over Bangladesh heavy (44mm – 88mm) to very heavy (>=89mm) rainfall is likely to occur at places over Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions during next 24 hours commencing 9:00 am Monday.

Due to very heavy rainfall landslide may occur at places over the hilly regions of Chittagong and Sylhet divisions.

Source: UNB